An old method for weed suppression in orchards

An old method for weed suppression in orchards

A reply to a post in another community reminded me of a time-honored practice in Southern Appalachia. My cousin and good friend Duck first brought it to my attention. In spring, weeds are removed from under the trees in apple orchards, then field or cowpeas are planted among the trees to suppress weeds and fix nitrogen. The mature peas are harvested and eaten before the vines are cut and left in the orchard as compost that is worked into the ground the following spring. My friends and I are experimenting with this method in order to avoid herbicides and improve the fertility of the local clay soil.
A few lasts for this season.

A few lasts for this season.

Whazzat?

Whazzat?

more of everything!

more of everything!

Flowers

Flowers

plant identification

plant identification

Some pics of my garden

Some pics of my garden